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To celebrate International Women’s Day and to give you an inside look at what it's like to be a woman in accounting – and at BDO – we conducted discussions with some of our most talented professionals. During the conversations, they discussed accounting and their experiences as women in business, and the importance of diversity in leadership.
What do you like most about your position?
At BDO, the best aspects of my role are being able to achieve the right work-life balance – that is, the flexibility to meet family needs, as well as being fulfilled through meaningful work where I work with different clients and teams.
How do you find a work/life balance?
Through flexible work arrangements, which allow me to be with my family from the late afternoon until my daughter’s bedtime. I pick up on any required work after she goes to sleep. Knowing that the firm and my clients support this balance allows me to be present both at work and at home.
How has COVID-19 changed the way you work, now and into the future?
While COVID-19 has changed the way many people work, I already had a flexible work arrangement prior to the pandemic. However, rather than changing the way I work, I feel that it has been a blessing in terms of creating a more supportive environment and a deep understanding of the value it can bring to not only people, but the organisation.
I have a young family, so before the pandemic, I would leave early to pick up my daughter - I always felt guilty leaving early and had a perception that people were judging me for leaving at 4 (despite me putting in the hours earlier in the morning or post my daughter’s bedtime). Now that the rest of the world works as flexibly as I do, I don’t feel that guilt. Flexible work arrangements have become the norm. Not only that, across all levels – whether it be juniors or senior leaders, the value is being realised, not only for people’s wellbeing, but also the quality-focused work done any hour of the day.
What piece of go-to advice do you give someone who is looking to start a career in this field?
Audit is diverse - it allows you to learn so much early on and be exposed to so many different industries, issues and people. This deep understanding sets you up for a successful future.
What do you think makes a successful leader?
Organisational skills, the ability to listen, and remain calm, are the top three attributes of a successful leader.